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first_imgShane Long will complete the perfect week when he leads Ireland out for Sunday’s friendly against Georgia. The 26-year-old West Brom striker has been handed the captain’s armband for what will be his 36th senior appearance for his country with manager Giovanni Trapattoni fielding a much-changed side. Long’s honour comes just days after he gave Ireland a dream lead against England at Wembley, and he said: “I didn’t think the week could get any better after Wednesday night.” Long added: “It was obviously a great thing for me to score at Wembley, but I think the biggest honour you can get is to captain your country and I was delighted to get the nod from the gaffer.” Long was only informed of his elevation after training in Malahide on Saturday morning when Trapattoni called him to one side. He said: “The boss kept the team close to his chest. He asked how many caps I had – and I might have exaggerated a little bit. But he told me I was the most-capped player and he me wanted to lead the team out tomorrow, and obviously it is a personal highlight for me.” It will be the first time Long has captained a senior team, although he had plenty of experience as both a footballer and a hurler during his younger days. He said: “It’s the first time I have been captain in my senior career, so I am really excited. In underage football, I got the captaincy quite a bit, but I have always been the young one in every squad so far, so it’s nice to get the nod.” Trapattoni opted for Long as his captain after confirming his progression from young to senior player, something which came as a surprise to the frontman. “It kind of came up fairly quickly on me. I have been in the squad a long time, I suppose, I have been with the lads a long time,” Long added. “I always dreamt of this day coming, so I am delighted it’s finally here. Normally, I’m fairly quiet on the pitch, but I think tomorrow will be different and I will be trying to help out the team as best I can.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img March 7, 2020 Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership could play a big role in the outcome of this game. . For Central Michigan, Kevin McKay, David DiLeo, Dallas Morgan and Rob Montgomery have collectively accounted for 64 percent of all Central Michigan scoring.CREATING OFFENSE: Jason Preston has either made or assisted on 69 percent of all Ohio field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 23 field goals and 25 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Central Michigan is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 67 points and 14-9 when scoring at least 67.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Bobcats are 7-0 when they record 10 or more steals and 9-15 when they fall shy of that mark. The Chippewas are 5-0 when turning the ball over eight times or fewer and 9-17 when the team exceeds that total.DID YOU KNOW: Central Michigan is ranked first among MAC teams with an average of 78.7 points per game.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed Central Michigan (14-17, 7-11) vs. No. 8 seed Ohio (16-15, 8-10)Mid-American Conference Tourney First Round, Convocation Center, Athens, Ohio; Monday, 11 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Central Michigan is set to face Ohio in the first round of the MAC tourney. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 18, when Central Michigan made just four 3-pointers on 22 attempts while the Bobcats hit 13 of 27 from deep en route to an eight-point victory. C. Michigan meets Ohio in MAC tourneylast_img read more

first_imgA website featuring the complete published works of Charles Darwin went public today at Darwin-Online.org.  This adds to an earlier site featuring all of Darwin’s correspondence, at Cambridge.  Access is free to the public.  Students and researchers will be able to search, compare and cross-check different versions of The Origin of Species and other things.  Nature1 noted that Darwin’s first use of the phrase “survival of the fittest” was in 1868, nine years after the first edition of the Origin, and that was in the first edition of another book, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication.  A year later the phrase showed up in the 5th edition of the Origin.    Henry Nicholls quoted John van Whye (historian, U of Cambridge) with an admonition to creationists:The creationist faithful would do well to take a look, says van Wyhe.  “If people feel so strongly about Darwin, they should actually take the time to read his own words rather than relying only on the interpretations of others.”  Even if this doesn’t convert them to evolution by natural selection, it should expose the popular misconception that Darwin had an anti-Christian agenda, he says.  “This was not what he was about,” says van Wyhe.  “He was simply a scientist trying to explain how the world works.”Nicholls contrasted Darwin’s attitude with the ”defiantly irreligious Francis Crick who, enraged by the decision of Churchill College, Cambridge, to build a chapel, wrote a letter to the college’s namesake Winston enclosing £10 towards the building of a brothel to go with it.”    Other scientists and prominent personages have their own online archives, too, including Sir Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, and Albert Einstein.  Sponsors of the site will be interested not only in providing Darwin’s works for easy access, but also in monitoring how visitors use it.  See also the announcement on the BBC News.1Henry Nicholls, “A life online,” Nature 443, 746-747 (19 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/443746a; Published online 18 October 2006.It’s a fair request that creationists consult the actual words of Darwin instead of relying on the interpretations of others, as long as that same request cuts both ways.  Darwinists routinely misquote and misunderstand the points of creationists and those in the intelligent design movement.  Many Darwinists don’t understand Charlie, either—including Mr. van Wyhe who thinks Darwin had no anti-Christian agenda and “was simply a scientist trying to explain how the world works.”  Read Janet Browne’s biography of Darwin for some disturbing details that provide more finesse than a quick either-or judgment on Darwin’s motivation.    Critics of Darwin should welcome this site.  Now it will be possible to trace the evolution of Darwin’s own ideas, including his loss of faith in the Bible.  For instance, early editions of Voyage of the Beagle are said to indicate he still believed the Bible and creation, and supported Christian missionaries for some time after his voyage, till gradually his faith wore away under the influence of ideas from Lyell and others who cast doubt on the historicity of Scripture.  His mind began to interpret what he had seen in terms of slow, gradual change over long periods of time.  Now that the uniformitarian foundation that caused this slide into apostasy has been undermined, it is well to consider the lesson of building a world view on fallible ideas.    A digital archive is not the same as a book.  With the advantages come some disadvantages.  One can only hope the administrators of both websites will have high standards of integrity, and will not surreptitiously expunge politically incorrect words or passages from the documents.  Van Wyhe need not fear creationist faithful will avoid taking a look.  When some uncomfortable details come out, the question will become, will the Darwinist faithful take a look?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgIndia coach Gary Kirsten is not in the running for a similar job in the South African side but could be involved with Mumbai Indians in the IPL, a report said on Wednesday.Gary KirstenAccording to the report, Kirsten’s good rapport with Sachin Tendulkar could lead to the former South African opener being appointed in a top position in Mumbai Indians which is to appoint a director of coaching before the IPL IV. Indian cricket had hoped to persuade Kirsten to change his mind about not renewing his contract, but gave up on it this week. Future options for Kirsten could involve the Indian Premier League, a report in The Times said.”The close relationship that Kirsten has with Sachin Tendulkar may lead to cooperation between the two at the Mumbai Indians, who are expected to appoint a director of coaching before the next IPL season,” the report said.”Kirsten could easily take up such a position while still developing his international academy that is in the planning stage at Claremont Cricket Club in Cape Town.” Kirsten, who will quit as India’s coach after the World Cup ends in April, is reluctant to take up the Proteas job when caretaker Corrie van Zyl steps down, also in April.The report also said current India bowling coach Eric Simons could not be ruled out as a possible candidate to replace Kirsten.”The Indian cricket board has not yet started a process to recruit a successor to Kirsten, but it is not unlikely that it will approach Simons as a candidate.advertisementSimons, a former Proteas all-rounder and national coach, was highly regarded by the Indian team when he came aboard this summer,” the report said.Meanwhile, the South African coaching job is likely to go to Duncan Fletcher. The former England coach has been advising the South Africans and it is understood he would be available.”Fletcher’s coaching credentials would be hard to resist for Cricket South Africa, whose chief executive Gerald Majola recently promised a ‘ big name’ for the job when Van Zyl’s term ends,” the report said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more